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What is Total AV Antivirus, and Should You Install It?

Total AV Antivirus: Legit Software, or a Ransomware Scam?

No doubt you’ve heard of Total AV antivirus. In fact, I’m assuming you found this post after searching for information on Total AV in one form or another.

I recently downloaded and installed the program myself, after reading another post.

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Total AV review page. Free trial offer.

I use a MacBook computer, and although Apple computers are considered by many to be immune from computer viruses, I thought I should consider installing an antivirus program. After my experience, I decided I just had to write this Total AV antivirus review post.

 

I found Total AV by visiting this review site, and, as they seemed to be giving unbiased opinions, I took the reviewer’s word for it and decided to give it a try. Let me tell you how it went…

Total AV Antivirus Free Download

Once I had installed Total AV things seemed well. The trial version offered everything that an antivirus program should, or it seemed to. Unfortunately, I quickly realised that once my trial expired I’d have to make the decision about whether or not to purchase a full version. Most antivirus software offers real-time protection and advanced features, even with their free versions. They rely on extra features and a personal-use-only clause to attract sales for their paid version. Not so with Total AV.

Once the trial expired I started detailed research on just how well it actually performed.

Given that the asking price was just $19, thanks to a “special offer” (I’m always suspicious of such deals) I have to say I didn’t really expect it to blow away the competition.

Now I’m in no way claiming to be anyone’s expert on assessing the efficiency of antivirus programs—or any other software for that matter. When I want to know technical details I’ll go to a true professional. In this case, I consulted the PC Mag website.

You can read the report there for yourself, but in a nutshell, Total AV fell far short of providing what you’d consider “good” protection. I decided not to go ahead and buy. And that’s when the problems started.

While I was doing all this checking around (you can’t rush these things) I still had Total AV’s free version operational on my system. It would do a scan a couple of times a day, and keep reminding me that I didn’t have real-time protection any more. I also noticed that my Mac was starting to freeze up, especially in real-time situations like chats etc. Total AV was also asking frequently for access to download “helper” programs. That’s when I decided to remove it. It turned out that it’s not easy to uninstall total av from your system.

In case you’re interested, there’s a video below that gives a well-informed review and appraisal of the Total AV software package.

Removing Total AV Antivirus

I found that I couldn’t even shut it down! I tried to dump it into Trash, but was informed that action couldn’t be performed because Total AV was still active. This is completely contrary to what the Total AV help page says.

After searching online, where I heard many horror stories of other suckers having to pay to have it removed, (doesn’t that make it ransomware?) and one forum contributor recommending a complete system reset, I decided to revisit an old friend. Back in my pre-Mac days, I had Malwarebytes installed on my old Windows 7 system. I thought I’d see if it could help me get rid of this squatter once and for all.

A quick scan, where Malwarebytes identified and quarantined several dodgy files, and my system was back to performing just like a Mac should. I’ve since deleted completely all remnants of this PUP from my system.

Finally, Total AV Uninstalled Completely

One thing that I did notice, as I visited site after site where Total AV was touted as the duck’s nuts as far as antivirus software is concerned, was just how much these “review” sites resemble each other. Some even have almost the exact same layout and similarly-worded writeups. It’s my guess that many sites out there have been set up by Total AV themselves purely to divert info seekers and push us into the Total AV squeeze pages.

As an affiliate marketer myself, I’m familiar with this tactic. It’s not how I choose to run my business, though.

Does this mean Total AV is a scam?

I’d stop short of calling it a scam. It does what it says, although not as efficiently as the blurb will suggest. But then, that’s advertising everywhere. It all comes back to the old adage: Caveat Emptor, or Buyer Beware.

So, long story short, my advice is to give this product a wide berth. There are lots of better applications out there. I’m not recommending anything in particular, but I might be adding a round-up of antivirus software applications to this site in future. Stay tuned.

Have you tried Total AV, or any similar product?

Do you have anything you’d like to add to the conversation?

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Thanks for visiting.

Your friend,

Thomas.          >

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Digital Altitude – Scam or Legit?

Digital Altitude; Is This a Scam or a Legit Opportunity?

This post was written on Dec 14, 2016

 

Digital Aspire Promo

 

A friend of mine was thinking of investing in Digital Altitude, and asked for my opinion. I hadn’t heard of it, so I decided to do some research.

Now, I have to be honest and say from the start, that the fact that this is a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) scheme acted like a red flag for me, but nevertheless I agreed to review the scheme with an open mind.

I signed up for the $1.00 “free trial” so I could access the program and be able to make some informed comments. Read more

Domain Abuse Scam. Do Not Click This Link.

Domain Abuse Admin Scam; Don’t Get Caught!

A new (to me, at least) scam just caught my attention.

A colleague of mine recently encountered this one. Luckily he was alert enough to perform the necessary due diligence before following any instructions.

This is how it works.

Supposedly from someone called “Domain Abuse Admin”, and possibly from a domain using the name DomainCop.com (or .org, .net, etc etc), an email arrives informing the website owner that their site has been blacklisted for spamming and spreading malware.

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Scams to Avoid

Internet Scams come in Many Forms.

How to earn money online without getting scammed
The Busy Bee


The first, and arguably most important, thing to stress here is the old adage: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” I’d elaborate on that and say almost certainly is.

Some internet scams will offer you unbelievable financial success for minimal effort. Some will attempt to trick you into downloading malicious software. Some will simply appear to be legitimate online transactions where the goods you ordered never arrive, and possibly never existed in the first place.

Don't fall for a Money Trap
Money Traps are Everywhere

 

Believe me when I say you would not be the first, nor will you be the last, to fall for a clever trick. I’ve fallen victim to a few myself over the years and I’m always on my guard whenever dealing with someone I don’t know.

I have a motto: Believe Nothing, Trust No-one, Check Everything.

Below is a list of some common scams.

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